CeramiX is a series of ceramic objects reflecting on the historical production of Chinese and European porcelain and its’ centuries of cross-fertilisation between Western and Eastern aesthetics. China has a long tradition in the production of ceramics and especially porcelain and Europe has for many centuries tried to copy the Chinese in that field. Nowadays our world is invaded by Chinese products that in most cases attempt to imitate those European.
CeramiX is a reflection upon the irony of history through the world of ceramics. After an initial research in the traditional techniques, methods and evolution of both Chinese and European ceramics, the CTRLZAK team has identified certain key elements that distinguish both cultures. Subsequently the project was divided in two phases: The first involved the acquisition of original pieces of both origins that represented these clue elements documented during the research, then the objects where sliced in half and recomposed bringing together East and West in new unique pieces; the results of this phase constitute the Art Collection of the project. The second phase was inspired by the experience and the forms of the first creating a brand new collection of plates, bowls and cups in glazed ceramic which constitute the Design Collection of the project.
CeramiX Art Collection consists of 24 original pieces derived from classical Chinese and European plates, bowls, vases and cups, reassembled as unusual remixes. These objects where sought for in antique stores and flee markets and some of them even came from personal family collections. The pairing process of the two heterogeneous halves was by no means arbitrary; each piece has a visual narrative which is created through a careful selection of the two parts in such a way that they complement each other enriching the end result.
CeramiX Design Collection comprises a plate, a bowl and a cup in white glazed ceramic designed by CTRLZAK. This collection underlines some of the formal characteristics identified during the initial research and applies them within the design process. The result is a series of tableware which employs contemporary forms to symbolise a complex past. The collection can stand independently having a character of its’ own, even though it makes clear references to the objects of the Art Collection and the whole of the CeramiX process.